County News

February 8, 2021
February 5, 2021

Know a family with a 3- or 4-year-old child wanting a preschool experience? Applications are now available for families in Black Hawk County. Funding will not begin until July 1, but it's fine to apply now. Families must be at or below 200% of poverty. Families who qualify for head start must attend head start unless they are full.


Any preschool program that is licensed and is willing to be on Iowa's Quality Rating System at any level can participate. Programs can return the Program Guidelines Form anytime between now and July 1, 2021.


The forms are attached and can also be found on our website at

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February 2, 2021



Shooting Sports will be held at Hawkeye College again!
This includes Shooting Sports and ARCHERY!

All on Saturday mornings:  9:00-10:45am - Shooting Sports    10:45 - 11:30am - ARCHERY

• March 6, 2021 
• April 3, 2021 

 For questions contact Diane Wolfe, 319-234-6811. Open to all 4-hers 4th grade and older. You can bring a Friend, but if they are not enrolled in 4-H, they must do so by going to: enter as a new family and for the club choose Shooting Sports. Read more...

February 2, 2021

2021 Farm Bill Decisions


The next sign-up deadline for ARC/PLC is March 15, 2021. The following webinar series is free and open to all regardless of their county of operation. Examples used in regional sessions will focus on that area of the state with the regional Farm Management Field Specialist as the speaker.


January 29, 2021

Please read for important details: DEADLINE is JUNE 1st!

You must be YQCA Certified to SHOW your market animal at 
2021 Black Hawk County 4-H & FFA FAIR! YQCA is done yearly.

If you are showing at the 2021 Iowa State Fair you must do YQCA.

• To take the Online YQCA Training log into www, by June 1st each year! Cost is $12, paid online.


January 29, 2021

FREE! Ready to Run® Iowa is a nonpartisan campaign training program to encourage women to run for elective office, position themselves for appointive office, work on a campaign or become involved in public life as leaders in their communities. See dates and times.

January 13, 2021

A Telehealth Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Adults with Chronic Conditions series is scheduled for six Mondays, starting January 25, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. A second series is scheduled for six Tuesdays, starting February 2, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. The course will provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself.
The program costs $35 per person or $40 per couple, and registration can be found online at

January 6, 2021

“Rethinking Your Retirement During COVID-19” No charge.
• Thursday January 14 at noon or 5:00 p.m. 
• Tuesday January 19 at noon or 5:00 p.m. 
Must Pre-register here!

Writing Your Retirement Paycheck 
• Thursdays, Jan 21 and 28, 6:30-8:30pm
• Tuesdays, February 9 and 16, 12-2:00pm
• Mondays, March 22 and 29, 6:30-8:30pm
• Thursdays, April 22 and 29, 6:30-8:30pm
Must Pre-register here!

December 29, 2020

Honored to award these Volunteers with their "Years of Service 4-H Pins"! Our Black Hawk County 4-H Program couldn't be what it is today without our wonderful, ambitious and dedicated Volunteers! THANK YOU ALL! View them all here!
And our Special Honorees, receiving their 50 Years of 4-H Service are Nancy Schmidt and Mary Esther Pullin! Please read more about them and see their Videos!

December 29, 2020
Global Citizenship is offering a newsletter to explore culture and food in 2021. This newsletter will travel to a new country each month and learn about history, culture, and recipes. Newsletters are sent once a month until the end of December 2021. Everyone is invited to join us.
December 17, 2020

Congratulations to our Black Hawk County Awardees! Good Work 4-Her's! View them here!

December 15, 2020

Please call 319-234-6811 to register by December 28, 2020. At Black Hawk County Extension - January 7th, 2021
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December 14, 2020

Tune in and learn about Water Connects Us All! 

Any Iowa youth can tune in and learn how water connects us all and what we can all do to protect water in Iowa.

Register for one of the hour-long sessions and receive a kit of supplies in the mail.

December 2, 2020

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowans faced a childcare crisis. Data shows Iowa leads the nation in the percentage of households with children under six where all parents work outside the home (75 percent). Even more startling, childcare issues cost the state’s economy an estimated $935 million a year in lost taxes and employee absences, and turnover. Listen to Podcasts here.
Read more....

November 23, 2020

Animal Weigh In Info for next year's fair:

• BEEF WEIGH IN - Dec. 12, 2020 - 8:00 - 10:00am at Hawkeye College 
(Please NOTE, Upon arrival all families and animals stay in vehicle until their turn to weigh in.)
• SWINE WEIGH IN - April 13, 2021 Alll SWINE TAGGED and WEIGHED at member's home
• SHEEP & GOAT WEIGH IN - May 1, 2021 8:00 - 10:00am at Hawkeye College


November 13, 2020

Thank You Food Corps Members, Clarissa Klostermann and Cadence Moon for sharing your 7 Tools Video! And a special thanks to DaQuan Campbell for sharing his knowledge about these tools!

November 13, 2020

Thank You Food Corps Members, Clarissa Klostermann and Cadence Moon for sharing your Apple Video! And special thanks to Abby Rippe for sharing her info and orchard with us!

November 13, 2020

CoderZ Robotics Offered Through Iowa State Engineering

Join the Iowa State Engineering Community Outreach for a great coding opportunity -- CoderZ Cyber Robotics 101. This program for youth ages 8-14 offers a unique opportunity to explore coding in the virtual setting. To apply and request CoderZ, please fill out this Google Form.  

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